Glen raises a most important issue. Just when/how did "populism" change from a progressive term to one associated with all the things we AFEEers deplore? Huey Long may be a step in this development, but my recollection places the change in a very recent period. When I started to see it used significantly, maybe 20-25 years ago, I thought that it was a misplaced reference to the real populists of the late 1800's. But, no..... So, why this term used to describe white nationalists, anti-immigrant, religious fanatics, etc.? Someone has had to have written to this specifically.
P.S. AS much as I hate to admit, I did purchase Atkinson and Paschall Law and Economics...., and actually read significant portions of the thing. For those who haven't dipped their toes in these waters, I'd recommend they do so.
All of us probably need some good reads to cheer us up in what will be a long lock-down. This is going to go on for months, maybe years, longer than our pundits are now claiming. So hunker down and take a look at these uplifting pieces.
Here's one on the upside to the downsides: Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting* by Julio Vincent Gambuto
Message: fight the return to normalcy. This is our opportunity to reflect on our unsustainable pre-crisis path.
You will recognize all the memes raised against Bernie over the past 4+ years. It's Deja Vu all over again. Oh well, we've got Biden. Right. 4 more years of Trump.
Sit down before you read this one; scariest one I've seen:
A Great Leap Forward: Heterodox Economic Policy for the 21st Century; Randall Wray; Paperback ISBN: 9780128193808; Academic Press; Published Date: 22nd January 2020; https://www.elsevier.com/books/a-great-leap-forward/wray/978-0-12-819380-8
Macroeconomics; Author(s): William Mitchell, L. Randall Wray, Martin Watts; Red Globe Press, Macmillan International; February 2019; https://www.macmillanihe.com/page/detail/Macroeconomics/?K=9781137610669.
Why Minsky Matters: An Introduction to the work of a maverick economist, Princeton University Presshttp://press.princeton.edu/titles/10575.html
Modern Money Theory: a primer on macroeconomics for sovereign monetary systems, Palgrave Macmillan http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/modern-money-theory-l-randall-wray/?isb=9781137539908
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